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Hot and humid today

Hot, sunny and humid, it’s going to be a great day for the beach. Highs will hit the upper 80s or low 90s, with a heat index even higher, followed by another muggy night tonight.

Russ Salvatore’s $500,000 gift to ECMC

The biggest gift from a private individual in the 20-year history of the Erie County Medical Center Lifeline Foundation will be announced at 3:30 p.m. at the hospital. It’s a $500,000 donation from restaurateur Russell J. Salvatore, which will create an orthopedic unit in his name, opening next spring.

Bluegrass at M&T plaza series

Did the 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal reach its $10.8 million goal? As of May 21, the total was $10.3 million. Bishop Richard J. Malone will announce the final tally at 11:30 a.m. in the Catholic Charities Montante Administrative Center, 741 Delaware Ave.

Cartagena murder trial resumes

The non-jury murder trial of Candace Cartagena resumes at 9:30 a.m. before Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk after a two-week recess to wait for the defense’s medical expert to become available. Cartagena is charged in the 2010 death of her 8-year-old daughter, Bianca.

Rolling Niagara billboard

A rolling billboard to promote tourism debuts at 10:30 a.m. at the Niagara USA Visitor Center, 10 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls. It’s a “Niagara USA wrapped” tour bus, with large-scale photos of the falls, the Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds, which will carry Horizon Tour travelers for the AAA of Western and Central New York to major markets throughout the nation.

Disabled riders hit the trail

After a ceremony at 9 a.m. in the City of Tonawanda’s Niawanda Park, disabled riders John Robinson and Doug Hamlin of Skaneateles set off on their specially adapted three-wheel bikes along the Erie Canal. Destination: Albany. Their 12-day trek will raise awareness of what disabled people can achieve.

Amputee Golf Classic opens

Larry “One-Armed Bandit” Alford of Houston, nationally-ranked as a junior golfer before he lost an arm in an auto accident, will challenge players to beat him on a par-three hole at Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg as part of the Sixth Annual Buffalo Amputee Golf Classic. He also will speak at the tournament dinner and with faculty and student groups at D’Youville College on Tuesday.